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Hold That Woman! (1940)

 -  Comedy | Crime | Romance  -  28 June 1940 (USA)
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A skip tracer--someone who collects late payments from people who've purchased appliances, etc., or takes them back them when they don't pay--repossesses a small radio from a deadbeat who's... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
James Dunn ...
Jimmy Parker
Frances Gifford ...
Mary Mulvaney aka Mary Parker
George Douglas ...
Steve Brady
Rita La Roy ...
Lulu Driscoll
Martin Spellman ...
Mike Mulvaney
Eddie Fetherston ...
Guy Usher ...
Police Officer John Mulvaney
Paul Bryar ...
'Duke' Jurgens
Edwin Max ...
Taxi (as Ed Miller)
John Dilson ...
Bill Lannigan
Dave O'Brien ...
Miles Hanover
Anna Lisa ...
Corrine Hill
William Hall ...
John Lawrence
Marie Rice ...
Mrs. Mulvaney
Frank Meredith ...
Police Officer Mike


A skip tracer--someone who collects late payments from people who've purchased appliances, etc., or takes them back them when they don't pay--repossesses a small radio from a deadbeat who's skipped payments. What he doesn't know is that a gang that has stolen diamonds from a Hollywood movie star has stashed them inside the radio, and they start hunting for him. Written by

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A Laff-Drama of Budgets and Bill Collectors!


Comedy | Crime | Romance





Release Date:

28 June 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Skip Tracer  »

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| (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The first time Jimmy Parker recovers the radio with the hidden jewels from Miss Driscoll's apartment he has to unplug it from the wall. Near the end of the picture, when he takes it from Driscoll's new apartment, it doesn't have a cord and he just picks it up to take it away. See more »

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Slightly wacky crime comedy
18 October 2011 | by (Minnesota) – See all my reviews

Hold That Woman introduces an awful lot of characters for a one hour movie—skip tracers, policemen, gangsters, a couple of jewel thieves, a movie starlet and a policeman's daughter. It's a bit much for a while, but the story finally brings them all together for the last fifteen minutes—one after another, alone and in groups, all of the characters wind up at the house where a certain much sought after radio has arrived.

What's with the radio? Well, it's not paid for….and also a girl crook has stashed some jewels in it that were stolen from a movie star who is unwittingly mixed up with another crook.

Enter James Dunn, repo man, and Frances Gifford, the girl who loves him. Dunn is working at tracking down said radio, but finds time during this particular work day not only to spend some time with lovely Gifford but to marry her, buy a house, and also purchase a houseful of used furniture and order it delivered.

It all really doesn't make much sense, but honestly, there's so much going on in this picture—and it's all presented so good-naturedly—that it would be overly picky to parse details in search of logical gaps. Suffice it to say that Dunn and Gifford look like they're having a good time and the rest of the cast do their best to keep up.

Funny line from early in the picture—mother to young son: "You know, if you don't get an education, you'll grow up to be a policeman, just like your father." (To which the son replies, "Well, then I won't do my homework at all!") –If you chuckle at that, then this movie is for you.

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